Single women, exiled journos honored amidst Teej celebration


The Bhutanese Refugees Association of Intellectual Novas (BRAIN) honored at least six most vulnerable women of three Beldangi camps amidst grand celebration of this year’s Teej festival, Wednesday.

Eastern Coordinator of Maiti Nepal Govinda Ghimirey honors single women (Picture : Monarath Pokhrel)

Over 200 single women of the three camps gathered at Beldangi-II to celebrate the Teej together, according to BRAIN Coordinator Basudev Khanal.

The program, which was sponsored by the Punya Foundation, marked a variety of stage performances, including group dance and drama from the women group.

Representatives of various aid agencies, security personnel, Maiti Nepal and Happy Nepal, among others were also present during the function.

Meanwhile, the BRAIN also honored half a dozen of exiled journalists during the program.

Speaking at the program, Manager of Bhutan News Service, Vidhyapati Mishra, expressed his gratitude towards the organizer and community for recognizing the contribution made by the exiled media.

Executive Director of Punya Foundation, Dr Lakshmi Prasad Dhakal from the Netherlands said, the foundation sponsored the program as it aims to work for empowerment of vulnerable people under the slogan of ‘justice seeking through education and empowerment’.

Thaga Maya Dhakal and Puskar Poudel from Australia, Ramesh Gautam from Norway and Shantiram Poudel from America contributed for the program through the foundation, according to Dhakal.

“On behalf of Punya Foundation, I would like to thank BRAIN team and all the volunteers who have given time and energy to remember those women still in the refugee camps who are living under harsh conditions.”

I also thank those individuals who from the countries of their resettlement extended their helping hands to make the empowerment program a success, added he.